Have you experienced the heartbreak of having indoor plants die on you quite too often? Have you been sentenced by your friends or your housemate as a serial plant killer, or worse, someone who’s got a black thumb?
First of all, the black thumb theory is just an old wives’ tale. Don’t believe it. Plants die for a reason. That’s for sure. Aside from overwatering and inadequate watering, another super crucial factor to a plant’s survival is sunlight.
But don’t fret, your apartment’s lack of sunshine shouldn’t stop you from being a happy plant parent. All you got to do is carefully select the right kind of houseplants that can easily adapt to your place.
No more going green with envy of gorgeous spaces filled with lush plants. Check out our list of indoor plants that can thrive with little to no sunlight.
ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)
One can never go wrong with the ZZ plant, otherwise called the Zanzibar gem. Its scientific name is Zamioculcas zamiifolia.
This unbelievably low-maintenance and resilient indoor plant can tolerate and thrive in the poorest lighting situations, even on fluorescent light alone. This hardy plant doesn’t mind dry spells, too.
Despite occasional neglect and deprivation of sunlight, the ZZ plant will still grow up to 3 feet in height, maintain fleshy stalks, and thick, glossy leaves. This houseplant looks too beautiful; it almost looks artificial. It also has tremendous staying power that it’s sometimes called the eternity plant.
What are you waiting for? Get yourself a pot or two of the ZZ plant and save yourself from the heartache.
If you want a little leaf variety, the delicate and frilly ferns should do the trick. Ferns, in general, do well in low-light environments, as long as they’re placed strategically away from sources of cold drafts and heat. Ferns look stylish hanging on baskets or on pots on top of tables, which allow their leaves to cascade. Popular choices are Maidenhair fern, Boston fern, and Silver Lace fern.
Snake Plant (Sansevieria)
With leaf blades as sharp as your mother-in-law’s tongue, figuratively, this plant otherwise known as Sansevieria to plant experts is another highly recommended houseplant that can survive though sunshine is scarce. Aside from being hard-to-kill, the snake plant is also an excellent choice because it made it to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) honor roll of best air-filtering plants.
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
To be honest, the peace lily will wither like crazy on you if you put it in a dark corner of your house. But hey, you got a window that gets decent sun during the day? Save that spot for a pretty pot of peace lily. Even with a tiny bit of sunlight, this simple flowering plant will bloom white cup-shaped flowers that resemble calla lilies for you if you water it religiously once a week.
There are several stunning plants under the Dracaena family. All of which prefer to be in darker corners and won’t leave you even if you don’t water it dutifully. In fact, it can go up to two weeks without a sip. Beyond their colorful, variegated foliage, Dracaena now also comes with braided and creatively shaped trunks, which, by the way, takes years to finish.
Lastly, give your new houseplants a chance to acclimatize properly. If you bought them from the store, chances are, it has been put in an ideal location with bright, indirect lighting. On its first day into your home, place it first in a spot that gets medium light. Wait for, at least, two to three days before you move it to your desired location.